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The Day the Dollar Falls - VPRO documentary - 2005

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Published on Feb 26, 2008

Do we live on a bubble? Is it possible for the heavily indebted American economy to collapse and take all of us down in a free fall with it? Have the days of the dollar been counted? Is it really unimaginable that we will see the time of the Great Depression repeating itself?

VPRO Backlight and Dutch national newspaper NRC Handelsblad present this 'what if' scenario. What if the dollar collapses? Fiction meets facts in this 24 hour scenario. At 9AM a Singapore trader is ordered to sell a large amount of dollars, which sends off the enormous downfall of the dollar. This film shows the results for the world economy every following hour. It ends in Amsterdam, where the only currency accepted by a taxi driver is cigarettes.

History seems to have caught up with this 2005 film, though in slow-motion. The documentary includes interview with analyst Stephen Roach, Andy Xie, Maarten Schinkel, Cees Maas, Rob de Wijk and Kees Vendrik.

Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2005.
© VPRO Backlight November 2005

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Credits:
Director: Roel van Broekhoven
Script and interviews: Maarten Schinkel (NRC Handelsblad)
Research: Ger Wieberdink/William de Bruijn
Producer: Madeleine Somer/Karin Spiegel/Doke Romeijn/Frank Wiering
English, French and Spanish subtitles: Ericsson.
French and Spanish subtitles are co-funded by European Union.

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